I spent most of the week upside down.
No, I’m not referring to some severely disturbed emotional state, although that probably also applies, I mean physically bottoms up.
This entailed bending over and looking through my legs, in-between school runs, checking Facebook and dusting the skirting boards. You’d be relieved to know I only assumed this position in my own home with the blinds drawn. (So far, anyway)
Why, you may well ask. Have I gone mad? Did I forget to take my tablets? Have I put my back out?
Nope. The answer is simple: I needed a fresh perspective – new horizons, a different way of looking at things.
Inverted tea pot
I also tried balancing on my head in the inverted teapot or whatever that yoga stand is called – as that’s meant to let the blood rush to your head infusing your brain with fresh ideas. I quickly realised a flurry of new ideas would not be of much use if I broke my neck.
Actually, what inspired me to imitate a supersized bat was an instruction from the lecturer on my creative writing course: Describe an upside down scene in 500 words.
How hard can it be, you’d think. Well, it’s damn hard, nigh impossible. I felt like a dried out prune with every last bit of creative juice squeezed out of me. I didn’t know where to start. My rational brain refused to flip my world, probably rightly thinking that things were hard enough the right way up. So, I took to drastic measures, physically inverting myself in search of creativity.
Creative writing course
“Let’s get this straight,” my husband had said when I first informed him that I was finally going to do the creative writing course I’d always wanted to do but never got round to.
“You’re going to spend a fortune on a course that has no guarantee of ever bringing in any money.”
The voice of reason, the rational, responsible one… my lord and master.
Needless to say – I ignored him.
And at first it went really well. I loved being out in London, thrived on discussions about characterisation and finding your voice over free coffee and biscuits.
Until I had to actually write something…
And read it out to the class.
The bunch of sweet and innocent looking young people – apart from one other fellow journalist and jaded soul – turned into a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, setting upon my carefully crafted words with sharpened teeth and drawn-out nails, tearing my work apart sentence by sentence, chewing and spitting, shredding my hopes of ever being on the bestseller list.
That was a week ago. Meanwhile, I’ve band-aided my ego with yoga sessions, lots of chocolate and pep talks from girl friends, who relate to the crossroads faced by a 43-year-old mother trying to find her way back to herself.
I have also purposefully avoided the kind of people – men and women – who will sell their souls as long as they got a good price for it. The kind of people who measure self-fulfillment by the number of zeros on their pay cheque or John Lewis labels in their living room.
Needless to say, I didn’t mention my little setback to my husband – and I didn’t think he’d take too kindly to me spending half the day upside down (unless of course there was money in it)
So what have I learned from spending time with my bum in the air? And more importantly what can you learn from this – as apparently the whole point of blogging is to “give” people something.
Why YOU should spend time upside down:
Herewith my insights – for what they’re worth:
- It’s never too late to pursue your dreams
- It may not be easy at first – but persevere
- Don’t feel guilty about going for something you want – you deserve it
- Surround yourself with positive, nurturing friends
- Avoid people who make you feel bad
- Spend some time upside down – it really does give you a fresh perspective and if nothing else, you’ll be inspired to clean the skirting boards.
PS. If you enjoy my writing, please spare me a few pence… no, seriously please VOTE for me as I’m a semi-finalist in the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the Writer and Commentary categories, If you like what you read, I’d be so very happy if you voted for me.
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Great post! Can’t wait for the next instalment! In terms of voting, all done! x
Thank you Caroline. So good to know my efforts are not totally in vain. Thanks for the vote – very much appreciated.
Great post as ever – I get best ideas when I am brushing my teeth! Looking at my skirting boards depresses me… And have also started a creative writing course – it’s online so I dont have to face anyone ha ha ha – easier to delete written nasty comments! I only accept constructive feedback. You have my vote
Hi – wish you were on my writing course! Online course sounds soooo much better. Is really quite intimidating, but have to remind myself I’m there to learn and enjoy. Thanks for your support.
Generous colleagues could make the same point with kindness. Pay no attention to snipers, they’re just jealous.
I’m working on developing a thicker skin – definitely need one as a writer.
Love it! You have my vote!
Hi there! Thank you! So good to get some cyber hugs!
mmmm I’m not sure I’d be up to standing on my head for a new perspective, surely there has to be an easier way? Fantastic post, I think you might have a new follower now thanks to #PoCoLo
Thank you so much – I’ll go and have a nosy at what my new followers are up to over the weekend.
Really loved reading this. You’ve got my vote. #PoCoLo
Thank you! So nice to have some new readers – apart from my mum and long-suffering husband.
i do believe in what you say about how being upside down may give me a new perspective on life but I also think it may give me a injury so I will have to think very carefully before joining in
A bit of practice will help! Persevere.
i must try this yoga move! lol
P.s I dont own anything from John Lewis! x
Well worth a try! re: John Lewis – neither do I. No, I lie – a bath mat.
What an interesting way to get a fresh perspective!
Discovering posts like this and bloggers like you are the reason I love #PoCoLo! I’ve had a blast nosing around your blog and now I’m off to put away the laptop and hang upside down
So glad I could inspire you. Let me know what you discover.
Now this is a piece of creative writing, right here! As for the upside down thing, I am one of those people who trying and see things in a different perspective but I am not so sure about sitting upside down – I’d spill my coffee!! Votes cast missus!! Keep up the fab writing :). Thanks for linking to PoCoLo xx
Thank you – my votes cast too! If it wasn’t for PoCoLo I would have run out of steam a long time ago – it keeps me going knowing there’s a deadline to meet – PoCoLo.
Cool blog! Got my vote…